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Library Resources Acquisition Assistant

Date Opened: 6-13-2013
Closing Date: when filled

Southwestern University has an immediate opening for a Library Resources Acquisition Assistant in the A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center.  This is a full time, twelve month position with full benefits.

Primarily responsibilities include, but are not limited to: ordering and receiving in-print and out-of-print library materials in varied formats and languages; processing invoices for materials; certifying all purchases for payment and reconciling expenditures reflected in vendor, purchasing card, library and university accounting systems; performing bibliographic searches; supporting the library’s resource donation and de-selection work; maintaining beneficial relationships with vendors, faculty, students, and staff; preparing purchase order requisitions; creating accurate, detailed order records; claiming overdue orders. Other duties include receiving deliveries, sorting mail, and other projects as assigned.  This position may include up to five hours per week of public service desk work.

Requirements:  High school diploma and one or more years of library or purchasing experience, high level of competence using personal computers and effective Internet searching; ability to work with great attention to detail and accuracy.  Must be highly organized and have the ability to lift and move boxes up to 50 pounds.  Must work cooperatively with others, including supervision and training of student workers; must be able to master all relevant capabilities of library’s online acquisitions subsystem, OCLC, and local university accounting database and have a willingness to work a few Saturdays during the regular academic year.

Preferred Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree or some college, academic library experience, including catalog and database searching; library acquisitions experience, including Voyager Acquisitions module; and familiarity with French or Spanish.

Southwestern University offers competitive salary and benefits including health, dental, life, long term disability, retirement, 15-paid holidays, two-weeks vacation, sick leave, tuition assistance, access to athletic facilities, free parking and discounted meal rates.  Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education.  The University’s endowment ranks among the highest per student of undergraduate institutions in the country.  Located in Georgetown, Texas, 28 miles north of Austin, Southwestern is affiliated with The United Methodist Church.  Southwestern University is deeply committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and especially encourages applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in academia.  For information concerning the University, visit our web site at

To apply:  Interested persons may submit letter of interest; resume; the names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references; salary history and expectation to: Library Resources Acquisition Assistant, Job #537, Southwestern University, Office of Human Resources, P.O. Box 770, Georgetown, TX, 78627-0770, or fax to 512-863-1880, or email to  Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Only those resumes that include all the information requested will be considered.  Please, no third party submissions. All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process.  Southwestern University is an equal opportunity employer.  EOE/M/F

Posted June 14, 2013.